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A child with coronavirus symptoms attending school or early childhood education

Published: 12.2.2021

Updated: 15.2.2021

According to the directives of the City of Vaasa's social welfare and healthcare services, it is strongly recommended that a child with respiratory virus symptoms can return to school or early childhood education after receiving a negative corona test result and they have also been asymptomatic for 1-2 days.

Updated 15 February 2021

If the child has symptoms associated with a respiratory viral infection and therefore also systems of the corona virus (such as a runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever), the caregiver is asked to contact their local healthcare centre by telephone to assess the need for treatment and to arrange for a corona test.

The child is cared for at home until the result of the corona test proves negative and the child has been asymptomatic for 1-2 days. If the child’s general wellbeing deteriorates, parents must contact their local healthcare centre on weekdays and Vaasa Central Hospital’s Accident & Emergency (A&E) clinic during the evenings, nights and weekends.

A school or early childhood education centre cannot demand a certificate of a negative test result. However, it is strongly recommended that a child with respiratory symptoms undergoes a corona test.

Healthy family members can go to work, school and hobbies without restriction. Symptomatic family members should remain at home until the test result is completed.

If a child falls ill during a daycare or school day, the guardians will be notified and the child must be picked up to be cared for at home.

The corona virus is controlled with good hand hygiene, reduced social contacts, safe social distancing and the use of mouth-nose protection (the face mask recommendation applies to those over 12 years of age).

Further information: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/children-and-coronavirus